Sunday, November 27, 2011

A Reason to Decorate!

It was very difficult to decorate for Christmas last year. Too many unfulfilled traditions, too many sad days in a row, not enough youthful energy in the house.

This year I had a reason to decorate. First of all, I've come to realize through my experience last year that we can get through Christmas. We can say, "we've done it before; we can do it again".

Secondly, we finally have a matching set of stockings!!! WAY too many hours went into these babies to not display them proudly!

Finally, we've been given so many fun ornaments over the years. And even though we don't have room for a tree, I decided they needed to be hung somehow!

Happy Birthday Jesus!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011



The newest addition to the Young family :)

Penelope was a spur of the moment addition but we are so glad we decided to take her home. She is a maltepoo (Maltese + Poodle mix) but she looks more like a maltese than anything. She is 5 months old and is soooo sweet! Such a good puppy. She's not technically potty trained yet but she's been so good so far. She wasn't crate trained either but last night (her first night with us) she slept through the night in our room in her crate! No accidents and only a few minutes of whining at the beginning. Such a good puppy!

She's got lots of energy, but you can also find her like this multiple times a day

We love our little Penelope!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Veteran's Day Weekend

I have to admit that there are a few perks to living in Arizona. One is being able to camp in the middle of November. This weekend we got to head out near Wilcox, AZ and stay with our friends on their parent's ranch. SO.MUCH.FUN!

I think this is the mode of transportation in boy heaven:

We found this cool cave in the wash:

Ransom and I did a little exploring. Probably not the safest idea considering the loose rocks everywhere.

This picture really does not do justice to how dirty we got! I literally turned a baby wipe dark brown just cleaning my face.

Big Mike and Big Fatty.

Poor Elna was almost thrown off this horse like 1 minute into the ride.

Notice how bent my elbows are compared to everyone else's... No wonder I couldn't hit anything!

Right after this picture was taken, Rans went on to shoot three targets in a row! (I know, I know, Santa will consider it...)

There girls were wayyy better marksmen than me

All day yesterday I kept saying, "this is like Ransom's dream vacation". Fire+lots of food+ fun friends+ football+ ATV riding+ horse back riding+ shooting= happy Ransom (and happy me, too!)

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Sick Day

My poor husband woke up sick today. Soup for breakfast, apple sauce for lunch, soup for dinner and tea for a bedtime snack (conveniently on a fast sunday, mind you!) Not that I'm complaining about the care-taking; I've always liked being needed. But it makes me wonder, do moms ever get a sick day?

My guess is no...

What happens in your homes?